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<a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ibsys/20030916/lo_wisc/1789503" target="_blank">http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...o_wisc/1789503</a><br><br>
i love the first line of the "story",<br><br><i>If you ever sleep in bed with your baby, listen up.</i> i feel like i'm being schooled. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br>
the only somewhat interesting point of the whole article was this,<br><br><i>Sleeping with a baby is dangerous, officials say, particularly if you're exhausted, have been drinking or using drugs.</i><br><br>
in a 9 year study, 16 children under the age of 2 died. i am SO curious how many crib sleepers died in that 9 years. it had to be more than 16, where is the damn ban on cribs i ask you!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/splat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="splat"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/splat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="splat"><br><br>
i have to look more closely at the article to find the appropriate place to send an e-mail. if anyone finds the place before me, please feel free to post it.
 

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I was about to post about this myself! I am glad I checcked your post...just when you think Madison is on top of things...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"><br><br>
The report cites the Dane County Safe Kids Coalition, as well as Dane County Early Childhood Enhancement (Betty Banks, Director).<br><br>
Here's the link from the article:<br><br><a href="http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/health/whatshot/babyfactsh.html" target="_blank">"know the risks"</a>
 

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The article from the previous post states that<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">there is no scientific proof that sleeping with your baby lowers the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as "crib death".</td>
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But we know that co-sleeping babies mimick their parents breathing patterns, therefore lowering the risks of sleep apnea.<br><br>
I think they underestimate mothers intuition.
 

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my grandma just ent me a cpoy of that article int he mail. I was surp[rused to see it come out of Madison, of all places. The thing that bugs me is that I immediately started second guessing myself on our sleeping situation. How do you not do that when you come across articles like this?
 

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My ds doesn't sleep in the bed with us, but in a cradle right beside it. Could he still mimick our breathing patterns? My dh has sleep apnea. He has a machine with a mask he wears at night, but sometimes uncounsiously (sp) takes it off, or falls asleep before putting it on. Could this harm my son if he does mimick our breathing patterns?
 

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becca: by recognizing that there's a hidden agenda here, and it's on behalf of crib manufacturers. There is also some very poor science being disguised as "research" behind many of these reports. While it is true that there is no definitive research "proving" that SIDS incidence is lower in cosleeping babies, there are some good meta-analytical studies that show this (one is in the special co-sleeping edition of Mothering), and many studies whose conclusions point right in that direction. There are also, of course, no studies "proving" that crib-sleeping is perfectly safe, unless you consider the thousands of babies who die from SIDS and crib-related accidents an "acceptable level of risk" (a risk which, as AmyD points out, is much higher than that faced by cosleeping families).<br><br>
seren: babies appear to follow their mothers breathing patterns when cosleeping. I think it depends on how close you are to your baby's cradle. I believe the baby has to be close enough to get a good dose of the oxygen and carbon dioxide being exhaled by you (cosleeping babies usually position themselves so that their head is at breast level, and therefore right underneath your nose). I think I can say with almost absolute certainty that your baby is at no risk of "picking up" episodes of sleep apnea from your DH just by sleeping in the same room. But, given that your baby's father has sleep apnea, I personally would be concerned that your baby is at greater risk of it, and for myself I would definitely want my baby right beside me as added insurance against episodes of sleep apnea or SIDS. (James McKenna HAS shown quite clearly that cosleeping babies experience fewer episodes of sleep apnea than babies sleeping in isolation).
 
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